Fighting breast cancer is something everyone—every girl, boy, woman, and man—should be concerned about. It’s the no. 1 cancer in the country, says beauty company Avon, and it doesn't choose its victims—even guys can get it. There's no sure-fire way to cure the disease but you can help by joining Avon's campaign for the awareness and early detection of breast cancer.
Here's what we learned from people whose lives have been touched by breast cancer:
- Eighty-five percent of breast cancer cases are due to a mix of different causes (genetics, radiation exposure, early menstruation, etc.). There's a variety of risk factors but Philippine Cancer Society Executive Director Dr. Rachael Rosario says a healthy lifestyle and stress management can help prevent breast cancer. She emphasizes the importance of monthly breast exams and regular mammography.
- Lara Melissa de Leon, former actress and breast cancer survivor, was a health buff at the time she was diagnosed. "I think every man and woman should know how to breast examine themselves every month. They can do it while lying down or taking a shower," she says. "I think vitamins and supplements are important. We really have to build our immune system."
- Ces Schulze, philanthropist, survivor, and mother of TV host Lexi Schulze, says, "Information is key."
- Apo Hiking Society’s Jim Paredes speaks as husband to a breast cancer survivor. "Be super sensitive. Think like a woman... You have to be there 1,000 percent. In a way, you’re going to be a punching bag and a confessor. Just be there unconditionally." He also advises everyone to meditate daily. "I don't really know what it can do to treat breast cancer but it'll take out your stress."
- Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer (KGBC) advocate Rhian Ramos reveals that her mom is a survivor of Stage 1 breast cancer that was detected earlier this year. "It drove me to give my love and support to other women who are also affected by it," she tells PEP.ph. "Year 2011 na at ang dami na nating magagawa with science and all the medical technology. Hindi siya isang bagay na dapat mawalan ng hope ang tao."
Avon's 2011 Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer campaign is entitled "Race to 125,000 Kisses." Help out by joining the walk and run (5K and 10K) on October 9 at the SM Mall of Asia Open Grounds. Funds are also being raised via purchases of the Avon Simply Pretty ColorBliss Lipstick and 2011 KGBC shirt. For more on this campaign, log on to Avon KGBC.